First baby bison born on Wind River Reservation in 130 years
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – The first wild bison calf in 130 years was born on the Wind River Indian Reservation this week. “We knew this calf was going to be born but we didn’t know when,” said Jason Baldes, Buffalo Representative for the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. Baldes said he went to check on the buffalo yesterday morning and it had been born sometime during the night.
“We were pleasantly surprised and are very excited to share the news,” he said.
Baldes explained there are some private buffalo herds on the Reservation, but it’s been over 130 since tribal-owned buffalo have lived here. Last fall, 10 bison were released onto the Reservation after being wiped out since 1885.
“This event is very significant to the Eastern Shoshone Tribe because we as a people have been separated culturally, spiritually and sustainably for a long time,” said Baldes. “Buffalo were wiped out as a way to wipe us out, so having them back is a way for us to heal from the atrocities of the past. It was really significant when we released the 10, but for us to have a new little addition is even more special. It’s sort of a new establishment because it’s the first buffalo born here that this is really its home, whereas the 10 others came from Iowa. I think this marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.”